In December of 2014 and January of 2015, Aibai Culture & Education Center presented three training sessions to sexuality and mental health teachers in Beijing and Harbin. The topics covered included diversity in sexuality, and ways for the teachers to help sexual minority students in schools.
More than 100 university, high school, middle school and primary school teachers, officials from education departments, school administrators and doctors from Beijing and Heilongjiang areas attended these trainings, which also attracted some college students and graduates to participate. The training was designed to improve the understanding of discrimination and bullying in educational institutions based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to share ways to deal with school bullying and facing students coming out through extensive discussions.
Alex Jiang from Aibai presented basic knowledge on sexual orientation and gender identity, Maky Yang shared some international success experiences on how teachers can deal with bullying and harassment toward LGBT students. They also answered questions and shared with the teachers materials for further study.
Post training evaluation showed that 77% of the participating teachers consider the trainings meeting their expectations, 85% indicated they learned about LGBT related knowledge, and 81% indicated they will offer their help to reduce school bullying. In addition, many teachers provided feedbacks to Aibai, expressing their confidence and desire to carrying out related work in schools along with positive comments and suggestions for improvement to the trainings.
Aibai Culture & Education Center will keep collaborating with universities, high schools, middle schools, primary schools, educational sectors and organizations in the future to hold related trainings. Aibai will also compile a guide book for teachers, helping them with knowledge on sexual orientation and gender identity, ways to help sexual minorities in schools and how to launch and support campus groups to combat homophobic/transphobic discrimination/bullying. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org